After faffing around with cavalry, it's time to finish my stalled British Peninsular War project. I currently have two and a bit brigades of infantry from Daddy Hill's 2nd Division from the Vittoria OB. I have to paint two more Portuguese battalions and 3 more British regiments;
- 2/6th Portuguese Regiment (red cuffs, dark blue collar)
- 2/18th Portuguese Regiment (light blue cuffs, dark blue collar)
- 1st Provisional Battalion (2/31st & 2/66th) (buff and yellow-green, respectively)
- 1/57th Foot Regiment (pale yellow)
- 1/39th Foot Regiment (pea green)
|24th Regiment (similar facings as 18th, except dark blue collar)|
Following images from of Queen's Royal Surreys
|Centre Company infantryman in forage cap 2/31st|
|(l to r) Grenadier and Centre Company Officers 2/31st|
The provisional battalion will feature the uniforms from both battalions and, as it is a provisional unit of two 2nd battalions, will not feature flags. I'll also probably have to rate them lower than a full 1st battalion to reflect the lower cohesion of mixing two battalions together. Ordinarily, a 2nd battalion is rated lower than a 1st battalion in our rules, but as both fought tenaciously with distinction at Albuera and were decimated as a result, I won't be giving them a double whammy for being a provisional battalion AS WELL AS 2nd battlions.
It was a mark of how much Wellington valued them that they weren't sent back to Britian to recruit and refit. He didn't want to lose 2 prime, experienced battalions at the expense of one full but inexperienced 1st battalion.
I'll be using the SHQ metal figures for my Portuguese (which I only found recently in my Metal Mountain & Plastic Pile after misplacing them for a while!) and the lovely HaT Peninsular War British Infantry